I was born and brought up in Ipswich before flying the nest to attend university at Nottingham Trent University. I completed a foundation degree in Veterinary Nursing before working at the Animal Health Trust Referral Centre in Newmarket for just over a year. I did a short stint of locuming and travelling before taking up a position at Ipswich Vets4Pets, after realising how amazing it is.
What made you want to be a Veterinary Nurse?
My love of animals first and foremost but obviously such a cliché answer. I wanted to be involved with animals and it just made sense to undertake a job in which day in day out you can improve the quality of that animal’s life and also educate owners on correct animal welfare practices.
If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why?
It would have to be a dolphin, as animals go they are very free as well as do like to travel the oceans something I could easily relate to as I do enjoy adventures.
What is your favourite thing about being a Veterinary Nurse?
Being able to aid the veterinary surgeon by nursing a sick animal back to health and then seeing it walking out of the consult room tail wagging to its Owner. The other aspect of my job I really enjoy is seeing a puppy or kitten with a new owner for its first visit to the vets and watching it grow into a fully-fledged adult animal.
What pets do you have?
I have two chinchillas, Riley and Calypso – although adorable they are best known for chewing/destroying everything that gets in their way! I also have an elderly cat called Tibbles who lives at my family home.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I am an avid supporter of Ipswich town football club. My other keen interest is swimming. My best achievement to date is swimming last year at the national championships and collecting three medals (1 gold and 2 bronze). I also spend my spare time doing craft activities and putting my photography skills to good use.